There are three hours of tuition per week. There are no classes in reading week.
At the start of the module, you will need to buy Morwood, J. Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek and a lexicon. The choice of the later depends on your circumstances. If you are a Q800 student or if you think you are likely to continue, then you should get a copy of Liddell and Scott’s Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon (if you go on-line you can find cheaper print-on-demand copies rather than hardback). If not, then the Pocket Oxford Dictionary of Classical Greek by Morwood/Taylor should be perfectly satisfactory for this year.
As a continuation to the Greek Language module, this module aims to improve the student's knowledge of accidence and syntax, as set out in the module handbook. We will read a simple Greek prose text which is examined at the start of the following term.
The second set text - extracts from Medea by Euripides - is read; then a signicant amount from Book 13 of the Odyssey. Work begins on reading more Euripides in preparation for unseen translation in the summer exam for which a list of vocabulary for verse is provided. Principal parts will be covered during the term.
The set book is finished in the first week; the rest of the time is devoted to revision and exam technique.
The examination can be on any portion of the text studied in class and will include questions on grammar and content.
Texts are chosen for their intrinsic interest as well as their capacity to deepen students' understanding of the language. Students are required to prepare translations, which are then discussed in class along with content. Students will need to go over the text again immediately after each class to consolidate their work.
The set texts for 2018-19 will be extracts from Euripides’ Medea, and Book 13 of the Odyssey.
Students are expected to do significant work outside classes, and are advised that they should reckon on spending at least two hours in private study between each class, and will also need to spend some time during vacations to consolidate the material.
Study will typically be divided between:
- • extending vocabulary
- • revising and refining accidence (endings) and syntax (sentence construction)
- • preparing text for the next class
- • post-paring text of previous class
We employ two methods of reading the set texts. At first, we go through the text carefully in class together and the student’s task is to go over and ensure that they have a good understanding of the meaning and content and learn the vocabulary in context. When students have had some experience of the style of their author, they prepare by annotating a copy of the text but not write out translations in full. The class will consist of checking students’ understanding of the Latin and discussion of grammatical content and style. Students will need to go over the text again immediately after each class to consolidate their work.